I am sure we ALL have heard bits and pieces of the following stretch of scripture, at some point in our lives:
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time for war and a time for peace."
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 -
The portion that strikes me right now is "a time to be silent and a time to speak." In the world today, I feel we all talk way too much in general. Freedom of speech has gotten way out of hand. Everybody is so bent on being heard, that NO ONE is listening. If no one is listening, then no one is learning! This is why the world is full of so many incapable adults. Minds are closed, intelligence is lacking, and common sense ain't common at all!! There are just times in our lives when we just have to shut the reverse diarrhea down! LOL!
There have been times when I've felt that I must be heard with words boiling in my heart and burning on the tip of my tongue, but chose to drink some ice water, calm my nerves and simply think.......are my words necessary at THIS point? Will my words help are hurt the situation? What is my part in this madness? Am I at fault? What can I learn from this? What wisdom can I apply? What am I to do with this Lord??
So much of hell is unleashed on earth because we can't seem to control our tongues as best we can. There is a scripture that I have loved since I first read in August of 1998: "Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from trouble." (Proverbs 21:23). It is also said that the power of life and death lies in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
If your words are sweet, kind, loving, and beneficial, let them flow. If they are not, you may want to have that glass of ice water and ponder a bit, how to handle your feelings and emotions. There are ways of delivering harsh truth in ways that are not detrimental to the situations. We ALL have spoken words that hurt, in the heat of the moment, that we later regret and wish we had never thought of in the first place. So, why not learn the seasons and operate accordingly.
That's all for now.......
HAPPY SATURDAY NIGHT!! I LOVE ALL Y'ALL!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams